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Green Dragon Morris

About

Below is a bit of information about Green Dragon Morris. If you would like to find out more information about Morris Dancing in general please click here for a A Pocket History of Morris Dancing

We are a family oriented Border Morris side based in the Bury St Edmunds area of Suffolk

Green Dragon Morris was formed in 1993 with a view to creating a mixed group of men and women dancers with a different style from other established West Suffolk sides.

Experienced and totally novice dancers struggled with rants, capers and sticking whilst experimenting with various styles and dances. We were smiling and laughing most during the North West and Border dances so we decided to combine those styles plus anything else that takes our fancy

As with all tradition we have moved on from those beginnings and have an increased repertoire of border and other stick dances, some of our own and others learnt from the many sides we meet in our travels to various events.

We aim to have fun with flamboyance and finesse !

At the risk of sounding like a Chinese take-away we took our name from an historical reference ...

 “The Morris men’s drink allowances were taken at the Green Dragon in Guildhall Street”

(The Oakes Diaries ... John Oakes. 1741 – 1829)

To add to our local identity our logo, created by Deborah Martin, was inspired by a dragon found in a carving in Norwich cathedral.

At present we have members of all ages from babes to grandparents. Members have kept in touch and returned with their new children and got them involved as well !

We have a lot of musical expertise and experience, with contributions from accordions, banjos, melodeons ,violins ,flutes recorders, djembes, bodhrans, bouzoukis , saxophones etc depending on who is there and who is dancing at the time !

We generally 'Dance out' between May Day and the end of September ( but as you can tell from the diary we are available at most other times!)

During the winter months we practice on Monday nights from 8pm - 10pm at Community Centre, Mildenhall Rd , Fornham All Saints ( just north of Bury St Edmunds )

Come and join us ....

Border Morris Dancing is very noisy and energetic, a brilliant way to keep fit and considerably more fun than circuit training or aerobics!

If you can dance, or would like to learn, or can play a musical instrument or would like to see if Morris suits you, come and join us - see the Contact section.

If you want to check us out first, go to the Diary section and see where we are dancing next - though the list will not always be totally up to date !

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